Katie Lee starts working out again after sharing infertility battle
Katie Lee has started exercising again after revealing she was struggling with infertility and unable to work out as much because of the hormones she was taking while undergoing in vitro fertilization.
The 37-year-old Foot Network star took to Instagram on Monday to share a photo of herself enjoying a long walk in Los Angeles before doing an at-home workout using the on-demand streaming service Obé.
‘Getting back into my workouts, starting today!’ she captioned the image. ‘Nice long power walk then finished it off with toning exercises on @obe_fitness (thinking I’m going to be pretty sore tomorrow!!).’
Back into it: Katie Lee, 37, took to Instagram on Monday to share a photo of herself enjoying a walk, a week after she revealed she was struggling with infertility
Inspired: In her post, she explained that she listened to Maria Shriver interview Brene Brown about vulnerability on her podcast during her walk and it ‘really struck a chord’ with her
In the photo, she is smiling for the camera and wearing earphones and a black baseball cap to shield her face from the sun.
‘On my walks, I like to listen to podcasts,’ she explained. ‘Today I listened to @mariashriver interview @brenebrown about finding strength in vulnerability and it really struck a chord with me.
‘Last week I shared something so deeply personal that made me feel incredibly vulnerable, and you all met me with such compassion. I was so humbled by the love I was shown and I want to say thank you to all of you for that [heart emoji] #mondaymotivation (p.s. Maria’s podcast is called Meaningful Conversations).
Katie also posted videos of her workout on her Instagram Stories, including a clip of herself breathing heavily after she was done with her sculpting session.
‘I am totally out of breath from that and I feel totally out of shape,’ she confessed.
Double duty: After her walk, the Food Network star did an at-home workout in her living room using the on-demand streaming service Obé
Feeling the burn: Katie said was her ‘first real workout in a while.’ She recently shared that she wasn’t working out as much because of the IVF hormones she was taking
Beat: ‘I am totally out of breath from that and I feel totally out of shape,’ she confessed
Last Wednesday, Katie opened up about her fertility struggles after receiving a stream of messages from people who asked if she is pregnant because she looks like she has gained weight.
In a heart-wrenching Instagram post, she explained that she and her husband, television producer Ryan Biegel, recently found out that their first attempt at IVF was unsuccessful and people’s prodding into her personal life has only caused her pain.
‘I get multiple messages a day asking me if I’m pregnant or why I am not pregnant yet. I get comments saying I look like I’ve gained weight, so I must be pregnant,’ she wrote on Wednesday afternoon.
‘After one said that I looked “thick in the waist” I finally responded that it’s not ok to comment on a woman’s body and you never know what someone is going through.’
Katie appeared to be referring to a video she recently posted to her Instagram Stories. In the clip, she stressed that it’s never acceptable to comment on a woman’s weight while pointing out that she is a mere size two.
Honest: Katie opened up about her struggle to start a family with her new husband, TV producer Ryan Biegel, in a heart-wrenching Instagram post last Wednesday
Hard to handle: The Kitchen star said they recently found out that their first attempt at in vitro fertilization didn’t result in any healthy eggs and it hurts when people ask if she’s pregnant
‘There is so much pressure on women to look a certain way and while most mean well with baby questions, it can be hurtful,’ she explained in her post. ‘Many of you sent me messages sharing your personal stories of fertility issues. You helped me, so now I want to share my story with you.’
Katie and Ryan said ‘I do’ in Italy in September, and they didn’t waste any time trying to have a baby. She said they planned on starting a family ‘right away’ but didn’t realize how difficult it would be.
‘I couldn’t wait to get pregnant! I naively thought it would be easy,’ she admitted. ‘I’m a healthy woman, I eat a balanced diet, exercise, I don’t smoke. Ryan is the same. But reproductive health is an entirely different ballgame.’
The chef said she had to have surgery to correct a problem and ended up getting an infection. Then, she was so run down, she got shingles. Her doctor recently advised them to try IVF.
‘We just finished the intense process only to get zero healthy embryos,’ she said. ‘Not only is IVF physically exhausting, the emotional toll is unparalleled. We were filled with hope and excitement only to be crushed.
‘It is really hard to put on a happy face. Fertility issues are supposed to be private so many of us are silently in pain.’
Rude: Katie said people message her daily to ask if she’s pregnant because it looks like she’s gained weight, including someone who said she was ‘thick in the waist’
Journey: Katie explained that she and Ryan planned on starting a family ‘right away’ after they said ‘I do’ in September, but they didn’t realize it how difficult it would be
Katie said she was initially hesitant to share her story, but she has found comfort in hearing from other people who have faced similar infertility struggles.
‘I hope any of you in a similar situation know you are not alone,’ she said. ‘When people ask me when I’m getting pregnant, it hurts. It’s just a reminder that I’m not. When they say I look like I’ve gained weight, I have. I can’t exercise as much and the hormones have made me bloated.’
She went on to say that she cried in church on Easter Sunday when the priest started his sermon with a story about a family whose ‘prayers have been answered’ after they struggled to have a baby.
‘I know a family will happen for us, it is just going to be a different journey than we imagined,’ she wrote at the end of her post.
‘We will keep working towards it. Someday we will have our happy new beginning and I pray any of you experiencing the same will have yours too.’
In just an hour, Katie’s post received thousands of comments, including well-wishes from her friends and fellow chefs.
Painful: ‘When people ask me when I’m getting pregnant, it hurts. It’s just a reminder that I’m not,’ she wrote
Keeping it real: The chef (pictured in February) said she has gained weight because the hormones she is taking make her bloated and unable to work out as much
Inspired: Katie said she was initially hesitant to share her story, but she has found comfort in hearing from other people who have faced similar infertility struggles.
‘Oh my- I am sorry. I am sending you life and LOVE,’ wrote chef David Burtka, who is married to actor Neil Patrick Harris.
Daphne Oz, who is pregnant with her fourth child, commented: ‘Love you so much.’
‘Love you,’ Nate Berkus added. ‘Strong, smart women, unafraid to be vulnerable, should be running the world.’
Katie was married to singer Billy Joel for nearly five years before they separated and later divorced in 2010.
In a recent interview with Health, she admitted that she didn’t really see herself getting married again until she and Ryan fell in love after meeting on the set of her Cooking Channel show Beach Bites.
The two were married for just a month and a half at the time, and she hinted that they were trying to have a baby.
‘I am so excited about this next chapter with Ryan. We both want the same things in life,’ she said. ‘I love his sense of adventure, and I look forward to all the experiences that are in store for us as a couple and, hopefully, one day as a family.’